Date change means no more clash for annual shows

THE Boonah Show Committee has announced a reshuffle of exhibition dates will put an end to the Scenic Rim's annual celebration clashing with Ipswich.

A request was made to the Queensland Chamber of Show Societies following this year's round of shows, and with some co-operation from some of the West Moreton and Brisbane Valley Region's other show societies, the dates have been changed so that the Boonah Show will be held two weeks after Ipswich in 2016.

This will make next year's Boonah Show dates May 27-28.

Show secretary Beth Hern said plans for next year's program were already underway.

"We are working on the theme of 'Looking Forward, Looking Back'," Ms Hern said.

"Looking Forward relates to the new show date and a bigger and better show, and Looking Back relates to a play on words of bringing back the trots, bringing back the woodchops, bringing back a Friday night show and bringing back sheep dog trials."

Friday at next year's Boonah show will include the full program of entertainment, with all pavilion judging to be done on the Thursday. Ms Hern said show goers would see a full traditional country show, complete with sheep dog trials, dogs and prime cattle judging, and the first day of a two-day droughtmaster feature show.

"At the conclusion of the dog judging, the main arena will see a full trotting program going into Friday night and finishing with fireworks at 8pm," she said.

Saturday will feature roaming entertainment, wood chopping and chainsaw races.

"Having a full two-day and two-night show is a mammoth task for the committee, and will see many changes taking place," Ms Hern said.

"All of this now needs to be fine tuned to fit all the new attractions into what is already a very crowded showgrounds."

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